MMI Congratulates the Leadership Pathway Class of 2015 and Welcomes the Class of 2017

As MMI enters the third year of its Leadership Pathway program, we congratulate the members of the program’s inaugural class on their graduation and welcome the new members of the 2017 Class to the program.

At a special luncheon held for all program participants at the 2017 MMI Annual Conference, Craig Pfeiffer, MMI’s President & CEO, and Brian Schappert, Head of Alternative Sales at American Century Investments and Leadership Pathway Co-Chair, presented each (attending) graduate with a certificate for successfully completing their two-year term in the program.

Graduated Members of the 2015 Leadership Pathway Class
Nick Alfier, Albridge Analytics
Liz Bucalo, Amundi Pioneer
Ken Burd, Macquarie Investment Management
Angela Carter, Charles Schwab & Co.
Ross David, Neuberger Berman
Daniel Doucette, Anchor Capital Advisors
Kristen Gallagher, Goldman Sachs
Mark Granshaw, Merrill Lynch
Steve Harris, Edward Jones
Lucinda Hayes, Fiserv
Peter Klos, NGAM
Ivana Knezevic, PIMCO
Danielle Learned, LPL Financial Services
Jesse Lewis, Wealthcare Capital Management
Michelle Liller, Lazard Asset Management
Chadd Lucas, Voya Investment Management
Denis McCartan, Brinker Capital
Timothy Nims, Morgan Stanley
Judson Redmond, Swank Capital
Scott Reeder, BlackRock Financial Management
Christopher Russo, Legg Mason Private Portfolio Group
Priya Udeshi Crick, New York Life Insurance Company
Chris Wager, Wells Fargo

Over the past two years, these members have grown both personally and professionally, many of them taking on higher leadership positions at their firms during their time in the program. MMI is proud of this class’ ability to pioneer the program from its foundation and shape it into the impactful program that it is today.

MMI celebrated another great milestone that day in Chicago -- it welcomed the 28 new members of the Class of 2017. In accepting the largest class to date, the program’s task force noted the caliber of the applicants this year. Like the program’s first two classes, this class is composed of driven, up-and-coming leaders from MMI member firms including diverse representation from asset managers, sponsor firms, and solutions providers.

New Members of the 2017 Leadership Pathway Class
Scott Beckerman, Lazard Asset Management
Sheila Bonitz, Brinker Capital
Chelsea Clark, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Jody Cullinan, Fiserv
Gavin Dizon-Roosa, Foresters Financial
Jennifer Ehlen, Wells Fargo
Kevin Eknaian, American Century Investments
Onkita Ganguly, Cerulli
Sophie Gilbert, Russell Investment Group
David Glass, Merrill Lynch
Aaron Glenn, Voya Investment Management
Kimberly Grunow, Edward Jones
Thomas Herman, Charles Schwab & Co.
Mindy Joo, PGIM
Alison Marschner, Citizens Wealth Management
Dan McCarthy, Wealthcare Advisory Partners
Julie McConnell, Diamond Hill Capital Management
Izaak Mendelson, OppenheimerFunds
Lauren Mugavero, Merrill Lynch
Jason Nicastro, LPL Financial Services
Jessica Pestronk, PIMCO
William Pierce, Pershing
Melissa Roe, Nuveen Investments
Luci Strauss, Goldman Sachs
Amrita Thapa, New York Life Investment Management, LLC
Brian Thomas, Wilshire
Destrian Wells, Delaware Investments
Eric Wygant, The Bancorp

“We already have 75 new professionals in the MMI community as a result of the Leadership Pathway program. In 10 years, we will have 250-350, and they will be the ones leading MMI and the industry,” said Craig Pfeiffer during his opening remarks at the beginning of the conference. “We have a responsibility to these individuals, for when they assume senior-level leadership positions, to make sure that they are ready.”

MMI also recognizes the hard work of the program’s task force throughout the candidate selection process. The task force members are: Brian Schappert, American Century Investments (Program Co-Chair); Steve Harris, Edward Jones (New Program Co-Chair as of 9/6/2017); Joel Hempel, Lockwood Advisors (Former Program Co-Chair as of 9/6/2017); Ken Burd, Macquarie Investment Management; Angela Carter, Charles Schwab; Mark Granshaw, Merrill Lynch; Michelle Liller, Lazard Asset Management; Dianne Morin, Fiserv; and Meghan Shea-Frigiola, TIAA.

Did you miss the Leadership Pathway Time Capsule at the Annual Conference?
Members of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 classes, along with other next-generation industry leaders, gathered at the Leadership Pathway Seminar in Philadelphia in early September. Part of the agenda called for attendees to break out into separate groups to develop predictions about how five distinct aspects of advisory solutions – wholesaler/advisor relationships, the use of data, the customer experience, products and solutions, and industry consolidation – would change over the coming decade. MMI buried these predictions in a time capsule at the 2017 Annual Conference and will reopen the time capsule at the 2027 Annual Conference to see how the next generation's predictions panned out! Read the predictions here.

Unfamiliar with the program? The Leadership Pathway program is designed to recognize talented and motivated individuals in the next generation and engage them in MMI activities. The program’s goal is to help participants develop leadership skills that will equip participants to assume increasing levels of responsibility in addressing industry challenges and opportunities. Each class in the program participates for two years with a new class beginning every October.